PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby has resigned from the board of trustees of Temple University, his alma mater said in a statement on Monday that comes as the entertainer faces accusations of sexual assault.
More than a dozen women have come forward in the past few weeks with accusations that Cosby, 77, sexually assaulted them at some point over the past few decades.
"The Board of Trustees accepts Dr. Cosby's resignation from the board and thanks him for his service to the university," the Philadelphia university said in a statement.
NBC and Netflix have since canceled planned projects with Cosby and promoters have pulled out of some of the dates on Cosby's U.S. stand-up comedy tour.
Cosby was a frequent visitor to Temple's sprawling urban campus and often mentioned the school in his act. Temple's silence on the situation since allegations came to light had raised uncomfortable questions for some students at the prestigious university.
"I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students," Cosby said in a statement released by the university.
(Reporting by Daniel Kelley; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Eric Walsh)